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"Think with the Senses - Feel with the Mind. Art in the Present Tense". was the title of this year Venice Biennale.

The Venice Biennale is a major contemporary art exhibition that takes place once every two years (in odd years) in Venice. The Venice Film Festival is part of it, as is the Venice Architecture Biennale, which is held in even years. A dance section, the "International Festival of Contemporary Dance", was established in 1999

This skull was at the entrance of Palazzo Grassi.

Palazzo Grassi (also known as the Palazzo Grassi-Stucky) is an imposing white marble palace on the Grand Canal of Venice. Designed by Giorgio Massari, the building was completed between 1748-1772 for the wealthy Bolognese Grassi family. Sold by the Grassi family in 1840, it ownership passed through many different individuals. The Palazzo was purchased by the FIAT group in 1983. Their aim was to transform the building into an exhibition hall for the visual arts, which it has remained to this day. In 1984-1990, Pontus Hultén was in charge of the art museum. It also contains a 600 seat outdoor theatre.

The latecomer among the Canal palaces, it has an academic classicism that is out of touch with the surrounding Byzantine Romanesque and Baroque Venetian palazzos. It has a formal palace façade, lacking the lower mercantile openings.

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